M. Marta Guarna, Ph. D.

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Research Scientist

Research and outreach on honey bee health and pollination with BC and AB migratory colonies. Honey bee queen fertility, gut microbiome, infection diseases.

Current research and/or projects

- Microbiome and 'omic tools for assessing honey bee health. AAFC – Genome Canada  collaboration

- NGS of Bees and Pollen for Biosurveillance of Agricultural Pathogens and Invasive Species. AAFC – CFIA collaboration

- Blueberry Pollination and Bee Health. Stakeholder funded

- Honey bee queen health and fertility. Local production of honey bee queens in Canada

Professional activities / interests

- Chair, Research Committee, Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA)

- Supervision and mentoring of Post-doctoral Researcher, Research Assistant and students

Education and awards

 

- PhD, New York University, Biology Department

- Biochemistry, University of Buenos Aires, Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry

Key publications

  1. Thygesen R, Foster L, Moravcova R, Pernal SF, Guarna MM, Hoover S, Currie R, Zayed A, Giovenazzo P, Pepinelli M, Conflitti IM (2023) The blueberries and the bees: assessing honey bee health stressors using proteomics. 48th International Apimondia Congress, p. 41, 4-8 Sep 2024, Santiago, Chile.
    https://apimondia2023.com/docs/abstract-book.pdf

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  2. Cunningham MM, Deckers T, Ho J, Wizenberg SB, Lansing L, Tran L, Zorz J, Pepinelli M, French S, Conflitti IM, Ortega Polo R, Hoover S, Currie R, Pernal SF, Giovenazzo P, Zayed A, Foster LJ, Jabbari H, Guarna MM (2023) Sub-lethal pesticide exposure in field trials may alter microbial composition of the honey bee gut microbiome. 48th International Apimondia Congress, p. 222, 4-8 Sep 2024, Santiago, Chile. (Poster) https://apimondia2023.com/docs/abstract-book.pdf

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  3. Guarna MM, Cunningham MM, Tran L, Ortega Polo R, Pernal SF, Griffiths JS, Murcia-Morales M, Fernández-Alba AR, Bilodeau GJ, Rott ME (2023) Bee-mediated monitoring of pesticides, pathogens, and emerging threats. 48th International Apimondia Congress, p. 49, 4-8 Sep 2024, Santiago, Chile.
    https://apimondia2023.com/docs/abstract-book.pdf

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  4. Moravcova R, Moon K-M, Stacey GR, Rogalski JC, Yuan X, Pernal SF, Guarna MM, Hoover S, Conflitti IM, Zayed A, Currie R, Giovenazzo P, Pepinelli M, Foster LJ (2023) Proteomics screening for honey bee health. 48th International Apimondia Congress, p. 51, 4-8 Sep 2024, Santiago, Chile.
    https://apimondia2023.com/docs/abstract-book.pdf

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  5. Hewapathirana CM, Bilodeau GJ, Rott ME, Guarna MM, Pernal SF, Griffiths JS (2023) High throughput sequencing (HTS) of bees and pollen for bio-surveillance of agricultural and pathogens. Tri-Society meeting of the Canadian Phytopathological Society, the Canadian Society of Agronomy (CSA) and the Canadian Society for Horticultural Science, p. 42, 17 – 21 June 2023, Ottawa, ON. https://phytopath.ca/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/Tri-Society-Conference-program-book.pdf

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  6. Griffiths JS, Guarna MM, Pernal SF, Rott ME (2023) Metagenomics monitoring of plant viruses in Canadian agricultural fruit production systems through honey bee pollination. Tri-Society meeting of the Canadian Phytopathological Society, the Canadian Society of Agronomy (CSA) and the Canadian Society for Horticultural Science, p. 52, 17 – 21 June 2023, Ottawa, ON. https://phytopath.ca/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/Tri-Society-Conference-program-book.pdf

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  7. Moravcova R, Moon K-M, Stacey GR, Rogalski JC, Yuan X, Pernal SF, Guarna MM, Hoover S, Conflitti IM, Zayed A, Currie R, Giovenazzo P, Pepinelli M, Foster LJ (2023) Proteomics and honey bee health. 71st ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics, 4-8 June, 2023, Houston, TX. (Poster)

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  8. Liu, X.; Floate, K.D.; Gorzelak, M.A.; Holman, D.B.; Hrycauk, S.; Kubota, H.; Lupwayi, N.; Neilson, J.A.D.; Ortega Polo, R.; Petri, R.M.; Tran, L.; Wang, H.; Wilches, D.; Yang, X.; Zorz, J.; Guarna, M.M. Prairie Agroecosystems: Interconnected Microbiomes of Livestock, Soil and Insects. Agriculture 2023, 13, 326. https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture13020326

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  9. Wood S.C., Masood F., Thebeau J., Cloet A., Kozii I.V., Brown B., Zabrodski M.W., Biganski S., Obshta O., Koziy R.V., Klein C.D., Ngeleka M., Foster L., Guarna M.M., Simko E., Ruzzini A. (2022) Identification of genetic determinants of antimicrobial resistance and virulence in Canadian isolates of Melissococcus plutonius, HiveLights. Winter 2022, 35(1): 19

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  10. Jose MS, Masood F, Thebeau J, Biganski S, Raza FM, Kozii I, Zabrodski M, Guarna MM, Simko E, Wood S. (2022). Characterization of Melissococcus plutonius persistence in adult worker honeybees. Entomological Society of America, Joint Annual Meeting, November 13 – 16, 2022, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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  11. Raičević J , Cunningham M, Griffiths JS, Wu L, Pernal, SF, Deckers T, Tran L, Ortega Polo, Zorz J, Clarke K, Newman T, Lansing L, Rott ME, Bilodeau GJ, Bishop C, Jabbari H, Guarna MM (2022) Honey bees as biomonitors of plant pathogens, pesticides, and antimicrobial resistance. EurBee 9 – 9th European Congress of Apidology Proceedings, p. 352, 20-22 September 2022, Belgrade, Serbia. (Poster) https://zenodo.org/record/7239012#.Y4BgMnbMKUk

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  12. Bixby M, Polinsky M, Foster LJ, Guarna MM (2022) Exploring The Gap in Blueberry Pollination: Honey Bee Colony Shortage and Limited Pollination. Hivelights Fall 2022: Vol 35 #4 p22-23.
    https://honeycouncil.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/Hivelights-Fall-2022.pdf

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  13. Pernal SF, Borba R, Hoover SE, Currie RW, Guarna MM, Giovenazzo P, Zayed A, Foster LJ (2022) Analysis of pathogens associated with winter colony losses in Canada. 47th International Apimondia Congress, pp. 42-43, 24-28 Aug 2022, Istanbul, Turkey.
    https://www.apimondia.org/uploads/7/6/4/3/76436993/47th_apimondia_congres_abstract_book_compressed.pdf

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  14. MacInnis C, Guarna MM, Luong LT, Pernal SF (2022) Three’s a crowd: How honey bees respond to infection with Lotmaria passim and Nosema ceranae. 2022 American Bee Research Conference, 13-14 Jan 2022. (Virtual Meeting) Bee Culture (in press).

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  15. Bixby M, Payne A, Polinsky M, Guarna MM, Rangel J. (2022) The Impacts of Covid-19 on Beekeeping Operations in Canada and the United States. American Bee Journal February 2022 Vol. 162 No. 2

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  16. Vishwakarma S, Mesina L, Lam K, Ryabov M, Lansing L, Chen G, Guarna MM, Ortega Polo R. BeeBiome.info: a portal for increasing the accessibility of bee microbiome data. North America Bee Research Conference – virtual; Jan 13 – 14, 2022.

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  17. Cunningham MM, Tran L, McKee CG, Ortega-Polo R, Newman T, Lansing L, Griffiths JS, Bilodeau GJ, Rott M, Guarna MM. Bee-based environmental biomonitoring of pesticides, pollutants, and pathogens. North America Bee Research Conference. Virtual, Jan 13-14, 2022

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  18. Gladish DW, Rott ME, Guarna MM, Pernal SF, Griffiths JF, Bilodeau GJ (2022) Evaluation of plant-pollinator ecosystem health and rapid detection of plant and bee pathogens by high-throughput sequencing of European honey bee (Apis mellifera). Tri-Society Virtual Conference: Canadian Phytopathological Society, Canadian Society for Horticultural Science, Canadian Society of Agronomy, 2021, 5-9 July 2021 Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology (in press)
    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/epub/10.1080/07060661.2021.2009254?needAccess=true

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  19. Cunningham, M.M., Tran, L., McKee, C.G., Ortega Polo, R., Newman, T., Lansing, L., Griffiths, J.S., Bilodeau, G.J., Rott, M., Marta Guarna, M. (2022). Honey bees as biomonitors of environmental contaminants, pathogens, and climate change, 134 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2021.108457

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  20. Bixby, M.E.F., Polinsky, M., Scarlett, R., Higo, H., Common, J., Hoover, S.E., Foster, L.J., Zayed, A., Cunningham, M., Guarna, M.M. (2021). Impacts of COVID-19 on Canadian Beekeeping: Survey Results and a Profitability Analysis. Journal of Economic Entomology, [online] 114(6), 2245-2254. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jee/toab180

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Research facility

6000 C and E Trail
Lacombe, AB T4L 1W1
Canada

Expertise

Affiliations

- Adjunct Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of British Columbia

- Member of BCHPA (BC Honey Producers Association), ESA (Entomology Society of America), CAPA (Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists)

Language

English

Other languages

Spanish